Nainital is situated at an altitude of 1,938 m above the sea level in the Kumaon division of Uttarakhand. It is known as the ‘Lake District of Kumaon’.
Sightseeing in Nainital
Dorothy’s Seat,also known as the Ayarpatta Hill or Tiffin Top, is at an altitude of 2,292 m. It is a memorial to the English lady, Dorothy, who is believed to have been killed in an air crash. It is an ideal picnic spot with mesmerizing view of the snow mountains. Hanumangarhi is a group of temples at a distance of 3.25 km from Nainital. One kilometer further from here is the State Astronomical Observatory. It is located on the Manora Peak with satellite tracking cameras and a big telescope. Prior appointment is required to visit the observatory. One of the earliest buildings of the British period is the St John-in-the-Wilderness Church. The church contains a brass memorial in the memory of the victims of famous landslide. Naina Devi Temple is on the northern end of Naini Lake. It is believed that the eyes of the Sati fell over here when Shiva was carrying her body. High Altitude Zoo is at an altitude of 2,075 m and 1.5 km from the main town. It has high altitude animals. Kilbury,12 km away from the town,is a popular picnic spot.
How to Reach Nainital
By Air: The nearest airport is at Pantnagar, which is 71 km from Nainital.
By Rail: The nearest railway station is at Kathgodam, which is 35 km from Nainital.
By Road: Nainital is well connected by surface network with all the important cities and towns like Almora, Ranikhet, Kausani, Bareilly, Dehradun, Lucknow and Delhi.